Wednesday, August 8, 2007

Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets

Title: Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets
Author: J.K. Rowlings
Bloomsbury, 1998

The second installment in the Harry Potter-series realises the promises of the first. It reaffirms the impression given in the introduction of a few key characters; Dumbledore as good, wise and mighty and Hagrid as trustworthy, kind and loyal. Hermione is developed further and apart from being a smart bookworm who follows rules, it is now clear that she will break them, not only because life depends on it but because the planning and action appeal to her. Snape figures only in the background in this part, while the Malfoys are no longer just arrogant bullies, but dangerous, cunning rascists with a hidden agenda. And rase is the major theme of this part and its basic ingredients is introduced with pure-bloods and Mudbloods and the importance put on ancestry and wizardgenes by the Slytherins.

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